Five positions the Miami Dolphins need to address this offseason

New Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase’s first order of business was hiring a new staff for both sides of the ball. As more positions get filled, the next step for the rookie head coach will be working with the front office on personnel decisions. With free agency looming come March, and the draft soon after, here we take a look at the five positions Miami needs to address this...
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Koa Misi wants to remain in the middle but the final decision won't be his

The Miami Dolphins have been working to upgrade the linebacker position over the past several years. After Joe Philbin's first year on the job, the front office released Karlos Dansby and Kevin Burnett in favor of Dannell Ellerbe and Philip Wheeler. Of course, we all know how that worked out. Last season, they moved Koa Misi to the middle and while his play was solid, it was nothing...
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June 18, 2015  |  Discuss

How can the Miami Dolphins fix their run defense? Here's a look inside.

The most surprising aspect of the 2014 season for the Miami Dolphins was the collapse of a once stout run defense.  This was very surprising because the starting defensive line remained intact for the majority of the season.  It is my opinion that fixing the run defense is the number one priority this offseason. In this article, I am going to explore what I think were the primary...
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January 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Titans sign linebacker Kaelin Burnett to roster

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans have signed OLB Kaelin Burnett off the Arizona Cardinals' practice squad a day after releasing veteran linebacker Shaun Phillips. The Titans announced the moves Wednesday. Tennessee waived tight end Richard Gordon to clear a spot for Burnett. The Titans also agreed to terms to add linebacker Chaz Sutton to their practice squad. The 6-foot...
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November 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Is the Oakland Raiders game against the Miami Dolphins a top Week 4 contest to watch?

We’re starting to get a sense of who is good and who isn’t, as the haves and the have-nots are emerging in the NFL after three games. Heading into the first batch of bye weeks, which limits the number of viewing options on the overall slate, this knowledge helps fans focus in on the match-ups that really matter. Here are the “Fab Five” – the best games on the docket ...
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September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Raiders Mailbag: Allen’s replacement, is Vincent Brown ready? Where’s Kevin Burnett?

The Oakland Raiders went from a team with no heart in week two to a team who played outside of themselves and almost pulled off a huge upset in week two. While they did not get the win, the team showed a lot. So it’s not surprising that we have a lot of questions this week. Let’s get right into it: @RaidersReporter More likely current/former Bay Area dennis replacement – Shaw...
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September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Ranking 10 Best NFL Free Agents Still Available

We’ve reached the mid-way point in the 2014 NFL preseason and are now just half a month away from the highly-anticipated season opener between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks. It won’t be long until teams around the league begin rapidly trimming their 90-man rosters down just 53, but there are still some notable players with potential and big-play ability available...
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August 19, 2014  |  Discuss

10 Best Remaining NFL Free Agents

The 2014 NFL preseason is finally upon us, but there are still some notable players with potential and big-play ability available in free agency. Here are the 10 best unemployed players with a month until the start of the regular season. Photo Credit: 1. Kerry Rhodes, SS, Arizona Cardinals A former 2005 fourth round pick (No. 123 overall) out of Louisville, Rhodes surprisingly...
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August 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Checking In: HBCU Stars Make Training Camp Debuts

(AP Photo)We've reached the late July, which in the NFL world means the start of training camp. In addition to the dozens of veterans returning to their camps, several rookies are looking to make an impression at their first camp. Let's check in with a few.( photo)Kadeem Edwards, Tampa BayThe highest drafted HBCU player in the 2014 Draft has a good chance of starting...
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July 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Raiders Release Veteran LB Kevin Burnett

  Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Raiders have released veteran LB Kevin Burnett. There has been speculation for awhile now that Burnett could be expendable now that the Raiders have added some depth at linebacker. Burnett, 31, signed a two-year deal worth $5.25 million, which included a $1.285 million signing bonus back in March of last year. Last season...
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July 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Raiders camp preview: Team is rich with depth at the linebacker position

The Oakland Raiders currently have 11 linebackers on the roster. Kaelin Burnett, younger brother of Kevin Burnett, will be entering his third season and was signed to the Raiders as an undrafted free agent out of Nevada in 2012. Kaelin has totaled 12 tackles and one forced fumble and has been playing on special teams primarily. Older brother Kevin is entering his tenth year in the...
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July 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Raiders Mailbag: Trading block, TE battle, potential move and more

Oakland Raiders mailbag time again! Here are questions from Raider Nation given to me via Twitter. If you ever have questions, send them on over to @cover32_Oak or @RaidersReporter every Wednesday and maybe you will see yours here! So without further ado, here are this week’s questions. @Cover32_OAK with the market seemingly ready to increase for linebackers (due to recent injuries...
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July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders Projected 53 Man Roster Part II

This is the second half of my take on what the revamped roster of the Oakland Raiders will look like come Week 1.  After focusing on the offense last week, now we turn our attention to defense. The deconstruction phase is over and for head coach Dennis Allen, his staff, and GM Reggie McKenzie it is time to win now or run the risk of having their names called on “Black Monday”...
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June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

A Minor but Significant NFL Trade to Consider

Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports I admit this won’t interest most of you and is likely nothing that will ever happen. But if NFL trades in the pre-season have any value at all (as The Sideline contributor Jacob Camenker so correctly pointed out last May this is a League where they really do not happen). It might be because “significant” trades often start established starters...
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June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders: why Kevin Burnett should be nervous.

When the Oakland Raiders drafted Khalil Mack, it was assumed one of last years starting linebackers was going to lose their job. Sio Moore, who started  the majority of the season at strongside linebacker, looked to be the odd man out with Mack sliding into that starting role. Kevin Burnett (94) and Sio Moore (55) But as OTAs and minicamps began, Moore ran with the first team...
June 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Digesting the Raiders’ many OTA story-lines

Today was the second Raiders OTA session open to the media. Here are some thoughts on the main story-lines that emerged from today’s practice: -LB Kevin Burnett shows up: Last week, Burnett made news by being the only noticeable absence during the media session of OTAs. His agent later made a statement that he was working out at home. Today, he was at OTAs, although he didn’t...
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June 02, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL Notes: Saints, Raiders, Bengals & Redskins

  Saints According to Mike Triplett of, “there is very little chance” of contract issue involving the Saints and TE Jimmy Graham dragging out in training camp. In fact, Triplett writes that he would be “shocked” if Graham isn’t signed to a long-term deal by the time the July 15 deadline to negotiate with players who received franchise tags passes. Triplett...
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May 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Raiders camp battles to watch: Running back

The Oakland Raiders began “Organized Team Activities” yesterday and a new excitement is in the air. The rebuilt team has reported to “voluntary” workouts with the exception of only two players. The Raiders have many new faces on the roster and maybe the most electrifying one belongs to Maurice Jones-Drew. His presence adds a huge jolt to the running back position and will...
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May 28, 2014  |  Discuss

What to Expect from the Oakland Raiders Defense in 2014

The Raiders defense had flashes of being a good unit in 2013, but they wound up finishing 21st overall, 27th against the pass and 10th against the run. The lack of pass rush and depth across the board cost them several games in which they led going into the 4th quarter and that ultimately spelled their doom. Defensive Coordinator, Jason Tarver had to get creative with his LBs...
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May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Can Miami Grow From Within?

Let’s take a look at a few players who if Miami can get a strong contribution from their needs on draft day might not be as plentiful as some imagine.  Dion Sims Dion needs to improve his play speed, but there is no reason to believe he can’t overcome this with a strong camp, and the tutelage of Dan Campbell.  Secondly, he’s got to be allowed to be a factor in the passing...
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May 04, 2014  |  Discuss

After youth movement, Dolphins' linebackers disappointed in 2013

The Miami Dolphins took an "out with the old, in with the younger" approach for their 2013 linebacker corps. Middle linebacker Karlos Dansby was 31 and outside linebacker Kevin Burnett 30 when both were allowed to leave the Dolphins via free agency last spring. In their place, Miami signed free agents Dannell Ellerbe (27) and Philip Wheeler (28) to join returnee Koa Misi in the 4...
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February 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Lamarr Houston a vital free agent for Oakland Raiders

When Reggie Mckenzie is prioritizing who to re-sign this spring, he needs to put a giant priority on defensive end Lamarr Houston. The fourth year player out of Texas has started 60 out of 64 games in his career; notching 16.5 sacks, forcing four fumbles, and recovering six fumbles as well. While he doesn’t put up gaudy numbers like other edge defenders, Houston is not your average...
January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Duffner vows to get most out of Ellerbe, Wheeler

BY NICK ST. DENISThe Miami Dolphins got younger at linebacker last year in swapping out Karlos Dansby and Kevin Burnett for Dannell Ellerbe and Philip Wheeler.That doesn't mean they got better.Miami hoped Ellerbe and Wheeler would be impact players in the pass rush while taking advantage of their speed in both getting to tackles against the run and dropping into coverage, but none...
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January 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Who was the Dolphins biggest disappointment in 2013?

Who was the biggest disappointment in 2013? There are a couple of names that come to mind but one sticks out…..Philip Wheeler. In 2013, Jeff Ireland tried to revamp his linebacker core by replacing Kevin Burnett and Karlos Dansby with Wheeler and Ellerbe. The move came at an expense but both on the field and off the field. Ireland dished out 13 million dollars guaranteed of his...
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January 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Dolphins position coaching changes prove significant for 2014

While the Dolphins re-stocked their coaching shelves with Bill Lazor in place of Mike Sherman as offensive coordinator, one curious change was made for them with the moving on of linebackers coach George Edwards to the Minnesota Vikings.  Edwards served two stints in Miami with two separate coaching staffs and had experience coaching linebackers in a 3-4 defense, with the Bills...
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January 16, 2014  |  Discuss
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